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Baha'i Library Online RSS feed Hosts materials on or related to the Baha'i Faith Die Grundlagen Der "Verwaltungsordnung" Der Baha'i The foundations of the Baha'i administrative order. Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Fixing the Gaze: Reflections on "The Order of Bahá'u'lláh" in the Báb's Persian Bayan On the word <i>nazm,</i> "order," and how Baha'u'llah and then Shoghi Effendi extended used this as a foundation to build the concept of a Baha'i World Order, a sacred socio-political entity. Includes translation of <i>Bayan</i> 3:16. Sun, 29 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Light of Baha'u'llah, The: An Introduction to the Baha'i Faith General introductory book: Baha'i history, life of Baha'u'llah, spiritual teachings, social teachings, Baha'i laws, administration, community life, and progressive revelation. Sun, 29 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Entering into Obligatory Prayer: Introduction and Commentary Overview of Baha'i prayer, its historical background, and a detailed commentary on the preamble to the Long Obligatory Prayer. Sat, 28 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Vignettes from the Life of 'Abdu'l-Baha Compilation of inspiring anecdotes pertaining to the Baha'i way of life as demonstrated by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the perfect Exemplar of Baha'u'llah's teachings, whose words and deeds were in total harmony and whose life serves as an example for all. Sat, 28 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Learning About Growth: The Story of the Ruhi Institute and Large-scale Expansion of the Bahá'í Faith in Colombia On the formation and development of the Ruhi Institute in Colombia; difficulties Bahá'ís faced in developing ​​a large-scale teaching project; analysis of all the measures taken and the degree of their success. Fri, 27 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Ineffability in Scripture: A Conversation with 6 Medieval Mystics On how the experience of six 13th- and 14th-century Christian mystics was shaped by their language, environment, and background; how that process illuminates Baha’i scripture; implications for the conduct and direction of Baha’i scholarship. Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Art of Sacred Reading, The: In Search of a Bahá'í Approach Embracing paradox: the experience of contradiction and the logic of reconciliation; "Loving sympathy": the example of Montaigne; sacred text and sacred reading: a journey into the Book of Certitude. Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Doing Scholarship from a Faith Perspective: Reading the Sacred as Sacred Encounter Problems with faith perspectives, and the dichotomy between faith and objectivity. Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Portrait of Abdu'l-Bahá: Selections From <i>Memories of Nine Years in Akká</i> Habits of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in His daily tasks and services, his concentration, the way he revealed verses, his manner of speaking, his bearing, interactions with governments, his burdens and tasks, and his love and generosity. Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Baha'i Conceptual Framework for Interfaith Discourse and Action Overview of challenges to interfaith work, a Baha'i appraisal of current activities, and the culture of systematic growth. Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Towards the Summit of Reality,</i> by Julio Savi: Review Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Dwight Barstow Collection Partial scans of the 478 translated tablets and other English documents from the archive of American collector Dwight Barstow. Wed, 25 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Some Answered Questions: An Introduction to Bahá'í Teachings Background of this book and Laura Clifford Barney, and overview of its themes. Sun, 22 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Le Style du Kitáb-i-Aqdas - Aspects du Sublime,</i> livre du Professeur Suheil Bushrui Une analyse du <i>Kitab-i-Aqdas,</i> un ouvrage rédigé en prose rimée typique des écrits arabes les plus exaltants. Sat, 21 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST L'importance de la translitération bahá'íe avec quelques exemples Considérations grammaticales expliquant la translitération et la prononciation des mots arabes, et le syst&egrave;me abjad. Sat, 21 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Compilation "L'état actuel de désordre et de confusion du monde," Centre International d'Enseignement Compilation du Centre International d'Enseignement. Wed, 18 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Paroles Cachées: Essai de correction de traductions françaises antérieures Nouvelle traduction française du rendu anglais de Shoghi Effendi de <i>Hidden Words.</i> Wed, 18 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST He Whom God Shall Make Manifest: Notes on Gematria, Tetractys, The Báb's identification of Him, and Opposition to Bahá'u'lláh On the Bab's use of numerology and cabalistic interpretation of scripture, and his use of amulets and talismans, as tools to help his disciples find and recognize the coming Manifestation, the "Qa'im," <i>Man Yuzhiruhu'lláh.</i> Fri, 13 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Baháʼí Houses of Worship: A Visual Overview A collection of collages, exterior and interior images of Baháʼí Houses of Worship constructed, under construction, or planned worldwide. Thu, 12 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Bahá'í House of Worship, The: Localization and Universal Form On the Mashriqu'l-Adhkár in Bahá'í thought and practice; interplay between the universal specifications for this architectural form and its enculturation in regional settings: European, African, Oceanic, Asian, and American. Fri, 06 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Introduction to a Study of <i>Prayers and Meditations</i> by Bahá'u'lláh Brief study guide for and review of this collection of 184 passages selected by Shoghi Effendi for the book. Wed, 04 Nov 2020 12:11:00 EST Family Plowing and other Prairie Poems Nine poems selected by the author, from a collection celebrating the prairie and life on and under it. Fri, 30 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Short Films, Music, and Prayers Link to "Irenic Visuals," a YouTube channel with Baha'i music and prayers, and short films on Bahiyyih Khanum, Lorna Byrne, interfaith dialogue, Juliet Thompson, and Kahlil Gibran. Tue, 27 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Promoting Peace: 100 Years of the Baha'i Faith in Santa Paula, California, 1914-2014 Detailed history of the community in southern California, including references to Marzieh Gail, Ethelwyn Drew Hall, Florence Mayberry, Molly King, the Yamamotos, Asadullah Fadil-i-Mazandarani, Guy Murchie, Isabella Brittingham, Louise Waite, et al. Tue, 27 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Encyclopaedia of Islam: Bahá'í Selections 40 articles about, mentioning, or relevant to the Babi or Baha'i Faiths. Sun, 18 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Glossary and Index of Terms Comprehensive glossary of Islam. (Extracted from the final volume, #13. Encyclopedia index not included.) Sat, 17 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Reconstructing Ridvan Brief historical overview of an event about which the Guardian said the circumstances are "shrouded in an obscurity which future historians will find it difficult to penetrate." Sat, 17 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT No Known Address Nine poems selected by the author, from a collection of Holocaust poetry. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Tablette du Paradis de la Justice (Lawḥ-i-Riḍvánuʼl-ʻAdl) Tablette de Bahá’u’lláh, traduction française provisoire. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Sourate de la Patience (Tablette de Job) Tablette de Bahá’u’lláh, Traduction française provisoire. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT De la Lettre Bá' à la Lettre Há' Tablette de Bahá’u’lláh, publiée dans "The Call of the Divine Beloved", édition anglaise du Centre mondial, 2019. Traduction provisoire. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Sur l'histoire de la première lettre du Báb envoyée à Bahá'u'lláh Extrait du livre de H. M.Balyuzi, <i>Bahá'u'lláh The King of Glory</i> (George Ronald, 1980, pp. 35-37), contant l'histoire de la première lettre du Báb envoyée à Bahá’u’lláh. Traduction française provisoire. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Prière pour protéger des épidémies Une prière révélée par Bahá’u’lláh pour protéger des épidémies, publiée dans <i>Baha'i Prayers.</i> Traduction provisoire. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Liminal Moment, A: Shaykhi Millennialism and the Irruption of Modernity On the end-times theology of the last great philosophical school to have developed integrally within Islam, its context vis-a-vis Western modernity, and its place in Baha'i thought. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Religion, Modernity and the "Clash of Civilisations": Context and Prospects On the broader intellectual context for the emergence of the Baha'i Faith in 19th century Iran and its subsequent engagement with Western modernity. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Logos, Mythos and Kerygma: The Logic of Reconciliation and the Occultation of the Promised Qá'im in Bábí-Bahá'í Scripture Theological background of the Twelfth Imam in Shi'i Islam, comprehensive interpretation of Bahá'u'lláh's and 'Abdu'l-Bahá's position on the occultation and the Qá'ím, and the historicity of the 12th Imám in the Bahá'í writings. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Legacies and Prospects: Baha'i Community Building Yesterday and Tomorrow On the rise and evolution of a world Bahá'í community in the 20th century, and new paradigms for community building. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Peace" in the Baha'i Scriptures Annotated compilation on the gestation of thoughts about peace and the Lesser Peace in the writings of Baha’u’llah, universal peace in the writings of Abdu'l-Baha, Shoghi Effendi's "New World Order," and the UHJ's influences on the Lesser Peace. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Moderation and the Art of Teaching Compilation, designed as a deepening and handout, on teaching the Faith, the importance of language, moderation and receptivity, and atmosphere and language. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Bahá'í Community in Edinburgh, 1946-1950, The Historical context of the rise of the Baha'i community in Scotland, community development, diffusion of Baha'i literature, and statistics of Baha'i membership in Scotland as of 1997. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Conceptualising Moral Values: A Metaphysical, Ethical and Empirical Dialogue with Schaefer's Moral Philosophy On a framework for a moral philosophy that integrates three areas of contemporary discourse: meta-ethics, which begins from metaphysics; ethics, which frames the hermeneutics of morality itself; and praxis, as disclosed and recorded by empirical science. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Two Great Powers" in the Lawh-i Maqsud On the identity of the two countries that arose against the followers of Moses, referenced by Baha'u'llah — likely Russia and France or Russia and Germany. Wed, 14 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Helen Frances Grand (1865-1944): Traces of a Bahá'í Life Glimpse of one small facet of the Bahá’í Faith’s beginnings in cities like Toronto in the early decades of the 20th Century. Tue, 13 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Abdu'l-Baha's First Thousand-Verse Tablet: History and Provisional Translation Tablet revealed in 1897 in response to events in Akka and the rebellion against Abdu'l-Baha by his family members after the passing of Baha'u'llah. Tue, 13 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Teaching Christians More Effectively: Handbook and Seminar Baha'i views of Christianity; questions Christians might ask; interpretation of the Bible; theology of miracles, baptism, sin, Armageddon, and heaven and hell; social issues. Tue, 13 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Baha'i Burial and Related Laws Applicability of laws; preparations for burial; prayers and services; cemeteries, graves, and tombstones; exhumation; honoring the dead; cremation and miscellaneous issues. Tue, 13 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT World's Current State of Disorder and Confusion, The Compilation of passages that could be relevant to contemporary issues of 2020, and the appropriate disposition of the Baha'is. Tue, 13 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Universal Education Tablet to the second international congress on moral education in The Hague. Tue, 13 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT The Role of Public Institutions in Ensuring Social Well-Being Questions around government’s role in social welfare and the welfare state; Baha'i perspectives on the government's role in supporting well-being; taxation, wealth, and poverty; Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Light Was in the Darkness, The: Reflections on the Growth that Hides in the Pain of Suffering Existential stress and its relationship to individual growth and development, drawing on the rich spiritual and philosophical heritage of humanity. Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Spatial Strategies for Racial Unity On the nature and approaches of Bahá’í educational programs and community building efforts which seek, in the context of neighborhoods and villages, to raise capacity for service to humanity. Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Is Economic Justice Possible?: Toward a New Conception of the Equitable Distribution of Wealth and Income Survey of the world's current economic condition, and on the implications of Bahá'í principles on the enormous challenge of building an economic system that is just, benefiting all of humanity. Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Community and Collective Action On the hopeful efforts of groups of people around the world to build a new kind of community based on the oneness of humankind, and the vision and process guiding these efforts. Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Birth of a Monotheistic Religion in Modernity, The: On Jihad and Martyrdom in the Baha'i Faith The Baha'i Faith responds to major questions of modernity such as the claims of science, world peace, and women's rights. Elements of continuity between early Christianity and mystical Islam can be found in the abolishment of military jihad. Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Martyrdom and Servanthood in the Bábí and Bahá'í Faiths: A Struggle to Defend a Cosmic Order From mystical Islam stems the ideal of servanthood, which is preferred over a concept of martyrdom that includes physical death; on ideological motivations for the persecution of Bahá'ís in different socio-historical circumstances. Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Between Karbalá' and Tabríz: Contested Martyrdom Narratives On two models of martyrdom in the time after the Islamic Revolution in Iran, that of the ruling elite and that of the Bahá'is. The Baha'i narrative is closer to the traditional Shiite, whereas modern Shiism is designed to foster the revolutionary spirit. Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Millennialism and Violence: The Attempted Assassination of Nasir al-Din Shah of Iran by the Babis in 1852 Events leading up to the assassination attempt, and political and social factors leading to the violence. Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Baha'is in Post-revolution Iran: <i>Perspectives of the Ulema</i> Historical background of the ulema/monarchy equation; the Ayatollahs’ take on the Baha’is after 1979, and dissident views of the Baha'is. Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT State When Asleep, The: Dreams, Their Interpretation and Wisdom Annotated translation by Brown (2011) of a compilation by Mazindarani published in <i>Amr va Khalq</i> (1954-1955). Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT What Do Baha'is Know About Dreams? How dreams are described in the Baha'i Faith, dreams vs. visions, kinds and purposes of dreams, interpreting dreams, and further resources. Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT That Promising Continent: Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, the Writings and Letters of Shoghi Effendi and the Letters Written on his Behalf on Africa Updated version of "That Vast but Promising Continent," a compilation originally prepared by the UHJ and International Teaching Centre to stimulate among Baha'is in Africa a greater awareness of their high spiritual destiny, strengths, and opportunities. Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Begin with the Village: The Bahá'í Approach to Rural Development About the focus on rural areas, the role of farmers and villages in achieving sustainable development, establishing community institutions, social action and public discourse. Sat, 03 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Rethinking Migration from a Global Perspective On migration and social transformation and humanity's response to displacement. Sat, 03 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Bonds that Sustain: Bahá'í Community-Building Efforts Through the Lens of Disaster Response On disaster response in the Bahá'í community, systems of human resource development, community-building capacity, coordination, communication, collective action, and spiritual needs. Sat, 03 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Technology, Values, and the Shaping of Social Reality On a Bahá'í view on technology, its role in advancing civilization, the critical issue of technological choice and its mechanisms, consultative processes, and the case of the Internet. Sat, 03 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Abdu'l-Baha's 1912 Howard University Speech: A Civil War Myth for Interracial Emancipation Overview of the event, press coverage, publications of the speech, the Emancipation Proclamation "myth" and its historical influence, the role of whites, and the rhetoric of progress. Thu, 01 Oct 2020 12:10:00 EDT Baha'u'llah in His Own Words Compilation of texts related to Bahá’u’lláh found in his Writings, with supplementary texts written by the Báb, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi, and other authors, and commentary. Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT Companion to Proofs of the Prophets Compilation of texts related to nomenclature of proof; reasons for opposition to the Prophets of God; principles of approach to the Prophets; the path of illumination. Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT Proofs of the Prophets: The Case for Lord Krishna Compilation of texts related to Lord Krishna; forty proofs of prophethood set forth in the Bhagavad-Gita, the Bhagavata Purana and other Scriptures of Hinduism, as well as the writings of Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb,‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi, and others. Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT Proofs of the Prophets: The Case for Baha'u'llah Forty proofs of prophethood set forth in the writings of Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi, and other authors, in English translations. Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT Proofs of the Prophets Compilation of texts related to proofs of prophethood, as found in the writings of Bahá'u'lláh, the Báb, Abdu'l-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi, and in the Sacred Writings of various religions. Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT Spiritual Body and Celestial Earth: From Mazdean Iran to Shi'ite Iran An analysis of interrelated themes in Iranian religion, including the angelology of Mazdaism and Islamic Shi'ite concepts of spirit-body identity. Includes descriptions of cosmologies in Zoroastrian, Shi'i Islamic and Shaykhi philosophies. Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT Comparative Lives of the Founders of the World Religions Table comparing the lives of the Founders of the world's religions. Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT Most Dramatic Chapter in the Spiritual History of Humankind, A: A Pictorial Essay Introduction to the life of the Báb, with historical photo-realistic illustrations by Romanian artist Simina Boicu Rahmatian. Fri, 25 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT Mission of the Báb, The: Retrospective 1844-1994 The revelation of the Báb in the context of its impact on the Western writers of the period and its subsequent influence. Thu, 24 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT Tales of Magnificent Heroism: The Impact of the Báb and His Followers on Writers and Artists This concise survey explores how this particular episode in humanity’s religious history resonated so strongly through the decades that followed. Thu, 24 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT Knowledge and Civilization: Implications for the Community and the Individual Exploration of the relationship between science and religion as two great systems of knowledge that have a vital social role to play in the building of a world civilization. Thu, 24 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT Religion in an Ever-Advancing Civilization On the unity of humanity and the decline and renewal of religion. Thu, 24 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT Bahá'ís, The: Contributing to an Emerging Global Civilization A popular magazine-format introduction to the Faith produced by the Office of Public Information of the Bahá’í International Community. Thu, 24 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT The Re-florescence of Historical Romance in Nabil Essay reflecting on the dominant themes of <i>The Dawn-Breakers,</i> an early narrative of Bábí history authored by Nabil-i-A'zam. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT A Twofold Mission: Some Distinctive Characteristics of the Person and Teachings of the Báb Some features of the Bab's life and Writings highlighting the rare combination of qualities that have come to be associated with him. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT Replacing the Sword with the Word: Bahá'u'lláh's Concept of Peace The writings of Baha'u'llah reconstruct foundational concepts such as mysticism, religion, and social order; theories of peace, including democratic, Marxist, and sociological. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT For the Betterment of the World, to the Glory of God: The Emergence of Bahá'í Houses of Worship Overiew of the concept and history of the Bahá'í House of Worship. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT Small in Number, Big in Faith Overview of the Baha'i Faith and its activities in Kansas, and interview with Duane Herrmann. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT Observing the Fast When You Are Not to Abstain from Food What meaning can the Fast have if one is not able to observe it? The spiritual and symbolic natures of the Fast remain. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT Letter on Racism in the United States Letter on need for American people to grasp the moment to create a reform of its social order related to racial prejudice, and the Bahá’í community’s distinctive contribution to the eradication of racism. Sun, 13 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT Overview of Translations of Bahá'í Texts on Table detailing languages and sources of all translations of Bahá'í scripture available in almost 100 languages on <a href=""</a></a>. Tue, 08 Sep 2020 12:09:00 EDT